Hello! Can you believe that I got my “three year” WordPress badge earlier this week? Barbiebeauties is three years old and in celebration, I’m offering you three more wonderful Leas. Left to right, we have:
Bead Party Kayla from 2002 (Lea 33). Beautiful Bead Party, with her peachy lips and her upturned eyes, is not particularly easy to find so I’m very pleased to have her in my collection. Her fringe was a little disordered when I got her and I did my best with it, but her hair quality is quite poor, unfortunately, so she’s difficult to style. As you can see, I rebodied her to a Fashionista, but the colour match is not great, so I might end up moving her back.
Ballet Dreams Lea 2004 (Lea 34). Ballet Dreams was a gift from a wonderful friend. I actually saw this doll on Flickr years ago and really wanted her, but I never realised until I got her just how cross-eyed she really is. This usually irritates me to death, but I find it quite endearing on Ballet Dreams (if my other dolls could talk, I’m sure they’d be complaining no end about my favouritism when it comes to Lea).
Fashion Fever Wave F (Lea 35). I actually found this doll at a car boot sale (Americans – this is like a yard sale, but in a field instead of a yard), which is pretty much unheard of. Despite her relative commonness, I actually really love this doll – her brown eyes are set off so nicely by her lip colour, and the length of her hair, which reaches to her shoulders, is unusual.
To dress my Leas, I actually got round to making some more outfits – my Monster High girls seem to have got an unfair amount of attention this year, so it was about time I made something Barbie-size. I managed two, and matched them with the accessories from the doll who came wearing the third dress (Barbie from the last wave of pivotal Fashionistas). Bead Party is wearing the easiest kind of dress to make I know (I did a tutorial ages ago, if you are interested) but I tried something a bit more complicated for Ballet Dreams, which I think turned out quite well. The material is very fine and stretchy, so it was really nice to sew with.
Anyway – thanks are due to you for the comments, the advice, the information and the encouragement over the last year. I’ve made some great friends and acquaintances through doing this blog! And I enjoy it so much, I’m pretty sure I’ll still be around next year for my fourth anniversary – we will see 🙂